Letter from the Superintendent

Posted January 30, 2017 at 5:48 am by

Greet­ings Teach­ers, Staff, Par­ents, Stu­dents and Com­mu­ni­ty Members:

Hap­py Chi­nese New Year!

Dr. Dan­na Diaz — Con­tributed photo

I love the word new because of its mean­ing. A new year, new begin­nings, new semes­ter, and new knowl­edge. In 2017, we are start­ing off the year with new learnings!!

In Jan­u­ary, we launched Par­entLink. The Dis­trict has part­nered with Black­board (Edu­ca­tion and Tech­nol­o­gy Ser­vices) to expand its com­mu­ni­ca­tions out­reach with a mobile app that is now avail­able in the online iTunes® and Google Play® app stores for free. The lat­est dis­trict news and infor­ma­tion is now avail­able on smart­phones and mobile devices. Amazing!

I would like to pub­licly rec­og­nize the sixth grade com­mit­tee. They did a remark­able job pre­sent­ing to the school board the rea­sons why our cur­rent fifth grade stu­dents should tran­si­tion into the mid­dle school next aca­d­e­m­ic year. A finan­cial plan will be pre­sent­ed to the school board in Feb­ru­ary. Below you will read one of the rea­sons the com­mit­tee favored mov­ing the sixth grade to the mid­dle school:

  • Sixth graders in mid­dle school have greater access to extracur­ric­u­lar activ­i­ties. In one Michi­gan school dis­trict, the sixth grade will be moved to mid­dle school begin­ning the 2008–2009 school year. The offi­cials not­ed that at mid­dle school the sixth graders would have access to more extracur­ric­u­lar activ­i­ties, such as art, band, music, and ath­let­ics (click here for more)

On Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 4, a com­pre­hen­sive emer­gency ser­vices drill will be enact­ed at Fri­day Har­bor High School. This exer­cise is being devel­oped through the coop­er­a­tive efforts of the San Juan Island EMS, the San Juan Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office, San Juan Fire and Res­cue, Peace Island Med­ical Cen­ter, Skag­it Val­ley Col­lege, Still­point School, Paideia Clas­si­cal School, the local Red Cross mem­ber­ship, San Juan Coun­ty Depart­ment of Emer­gency Man­age­ment (DEM), U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion, and the San Juan Island School Dis­trict.   The drill will con­sist of sev­er­al mock exer­cis­es and activ­i­ties intend­ed to pro­vide first respon­ders expe­ri­ence in a mul­ti-orga­ni­za­tion­al response to a school based dis­as­ter or tragedy.

The Unit­ed Way of San Juan Coun­ty is assist­ing us with an after school tutor­ing pilot pro­gram and we will be recruit­ing sev­en or eight read­ing tutors for third and eighth grade stu­dents. If you are inter­est­ed, please don’t hes­i­tate to con­tact me.

The Rotary Club of San Juan Island has decid­ed to co-part­ner with Unit­ed Way and oth­er agen­cies to pilot a back­pack pro­gram for stu­dents at Grif­fin Bay School. I am so thrilled about the col­lab­o­ra­tion and the ser­vices we are pro­vid­ing for our students.

There are so many new ini­tia­tives start­ing in our dis­trict and I am learn­ing some­thing new every day. If you have any ques­tions or are inter­est­ed in serv­ing with us, you may con­tact me at 360.370.7905 or email dannadiaz@sjisd.wednet.edu. Thank you for your con­tin­ued support.

Kind regards,
Dan­na Diaz, PhD
Superintendent

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